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What allies don’t get about woke herogiri

Understanding and supporting someone’s struggle is not the same as being them. And if our “allyship” only serves to embolden casual discrimination, then it is clear we don’t understand much about anything at all. We will always be outsiders. The best we can be is conscious and conscientious outsiders.

The price of laughter

A bunch of Indian comedians have been called out for making casteist remarks, insulting Dalit-Bahujan-Adivasi figures, and generally being offensive towards marginalised communities. The outrage has been on its way for quite some time and it is heartening to see it land with this much of a splash. But what has been equally interesting to watch is reactions from some comedians. Particularly, the refrain that their job is to make people laugh and that nothing else matters.